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Cleveland Police Defend Actions Searching For Missing Women

The FBI and Cleveland Police are defending themselves against allegations of shoddy work after three women missing for a decade were rescued from a home late Monday.


FBI Special Agent Steve Anthony says family and community members upset about the discovery of Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight have a right to their feelings.

Anthony: the families of these three young ladies never gave up hope.  and neither did law enforcement.

Anthony is not commenting on reports that police found chains and bondage equipment in the basement of the home. Deputy Cleveland Police Chief Ed Tomba says officers did all they could to find the trio.

Tomba: the amount of effort, the amount of leads, the amount of work hours and dediciation that went into this -- I've never seen it before.  Over the last 10 years we dug up a couple back yards, we re-canvassed neighborhoods, we had vigils, we participated in National Missing Children's Day, along with the FBI

52-year-old Ariel Castro and his two brothers have been arrested in connection with the disappearances.

A native of Chicago, naturalized citizen of Cincinnati and resident of Columbus, Alison attended Earlham College and the Ohio State University. She has equal passion for Midwest history, hockey and Slavic poetry.